Base observatory Safdarjung recorded day maximum of 30°C, drop of 1.1°C from the previous day. Mercury was rising since 04thMarch when it registered day’s high at 25.5°C. It had a steep rise to reach 31.1°C on 09thMarch, gain of over 5°C in less than a week. However, the rising spree was blocked yesterday by measuring day maximum of 30°C, still above normal by 1°C.
Drop in temperature was observed across all the observatories in the national capital. Najafgarh and Pitampura continue to record the highest mercury levels for the 4th consecutive day and clocked 31.5°C and 31.4°C respectively, yesterday. Mungeshpur was the lowest in the region with 27.9°C and below normal by about a degree.
Month of March starts with a high of 26°C and reach around 35°C by fag end. Mercury level is expected to rise next week and possibly touch or even exceed 35°C mark. These are not likely to shoot up steeply and a gradual rise will be observed over the next 7 days.
There is no active western disturbance expected across the northern mountains for one week. Only the higher reaches will experience isolated weather activity. Plains across states of Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan and Delhi will be spared from any significant activity. In the absence of any active weather system, the temperatures are expected to rise and run above normal across these states.
Delhi has not observed any rainfall during this month, so far. Dry spell will continue at least till 20thMarch. Rising temperatures will result slightly warm days, but nights continue to be pleasant. Even the afternoon heat is going to be suppressed on account of strong surface winds on quite a few days during this period.